Dixie State hosts film series recognizing Black History Month

ST. GEORGE – In observance of African American History Month, Dixie State University’s History and Political Science Department will present a series of films highlighting the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Each film screening will be held each Monday, starting on Jan. 27 and throughout the month of February, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the Dunford Auditorium inside the DSU Browning Resource Center. The series is free and open to the public.

The five-part film series schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 27:     “The People Speak” – A look at America’s struggles with war, class, race and women’s rights, based on Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States.”
  • Feb. 3:     “The Untold Story of Emmett Till” – Includes never-before-seen testimony in this documentary on Emmett Louis Till, who in 1955, was brutally murdered after whistling at a white woman.
  • Feb. 10:   “Nobody Knows – The Untold Story of Black Mormons” – An award-winning documentary that chronicles the history of African Americans in the LDS Church.
  • Feb. 17:   “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland” – with film director Loki Mulholland as special guest speaker. In association with DOCUTAH, the documentary film tells the amazing true story of one white Southern woman’s courage to choose her convictions and join the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Feb. 24:   “Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement” – Directed by John Goodman, Oscar and Emmy-Award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. narrates this dramatic look at the people who raised their voices in song against racism and inequality.

African American History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and their central role in U.S. history.


  • For more information on the film series, please contact Dr. Joel A. Lewis | Telephone: 435-652-7864 | Email: [email protected]

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  • D Fizzle January 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Black History month in Southern Utah. LOL! That’s like having Pacific Islander Day in Kansas.

    • skippy January 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Your cynicism is well-understood. I would just add that this is precisely why educational institutions (in this case, colleges) are vital to communities. They provide options to provincial areas like So Utah. While comparatively few African-Americans live in St. George, a diversifying student-body (and faculty, too) benefits the community, if for no other reason than learning about others’ experiences.
      I recall the days when diversity at Dixie College involved sampling various ethnic foods. Mmmm…Mexican!! Certainly hasn’t gotten any worse!!

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